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23rd February 2017
Derby winning trainer visits the National Heritage Centre

Derby winning trainer visits the National Heritage Centre

Recently we were delighted to welcome Ian Balding, the former Royal trainer who guided Mill Reef to Derby and Arc success in 1971 to the National Heritage Centre. The master of Kingsclere was shown around the new National Horseracing Museum in the Trainer's House by our Visitor Services team. He spent a considerable time in the Sporting Glory Gallery where he had the…

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14th February 2017
Red Prince II

Red Prince II

With Paul Nicholls campaigning a 4-year-old, Frodon, over fences Tony Lake was reminded of another precocious steeplechaser. Red Prince II Red Prince II won more money in Britain than any other horse in 1893 but he could have achieved so much more. He competed in the richest races run in England, Ireland and France and arguably should have won all three.  He did not …

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3rd February 2017
The Fred Packard Galleries in Palace House

The Fred Packard Galleries in Palace House

The Fred Packard Museum & Galleries of British Sporting Art at Palace House Dr Cicely Robinson played a key role in the transformation of Palace House. Last October, she completed her three-year term as the Assistant Curator of British Sporting Art. Now settled in her new job as the Assistant Curator at the Watts Gallery - Artists’ Village in Surrey we asked Cic…

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13th January 2017
Racing on TV

Racing on TV

Grenville Davies looks back on horseracing broadcasting over the last five decades. Like a lot of kids back in the 1970's, I watched my parents pick their selections from the morning paper on a Saturday, many of those picked; whether by pin, having a fanciful name or some more scientific method would go on to form part of their bets in the ITV 7 (which was an accumula…

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5th January 2017
2016: Some Memories

2016: Some Memories

Working at an establishment with ex jockeys, work riders and racing fans we wondered what caught their imagination in 2016. Although more a connoisseur of the Flat, Alan Grundy nominated Sprinter Sacre's comeback win in the Queen Mother Champion Chase as the most stirring and emotional win of the year and an awesome training performance. A devotee of the National Hunt…

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29th December 2016
Looking Back

Looking Back

For our penultimate blog of the year we asked all our staff and volunteers for their  working highlights of 2016. In a momentous year for the National Heritage Centre for Horseracing and Sporting Art Peter Jensen, the Chairman of the Home of Horseracing Trust and Chairman of the British Sporting Art Trust, said: “It was my honour, together with Chris Garibaldi (Dir…

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21st December 2016
An Aussie Abroad

An Aussie Abroad

The name Freedman in Australia, Melbourne in particular, is like Stoute and Gosden in the UK.  Five time Melbourne Cup winning trainer, Lee, and his brother Anthony, train a total of 110 horses at their two training establishments at Flemington and Pinecliff.   Lee famously trained the record three time Melbourne Cup winning mare Makybe Diva  to her last two victo…

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16th December 2016
From Racehorse to Dressage Star - Quadrille

From Racehorse to Dressage Star - Quadrille

Have you been inspired by dressage champion Valegro this week? We speak to Louise Robson about one of her stable stars Quadrille, who formerly raced in The Queen's Colours. Quadrille 9yo Bay Gelding Danehill Dancer (IRE)  ex  Fictitious Highest Official Rating: 108 Nickname: Quad How long have you had Quadrille? Ive had Quad since he was five, so 4 and a bit years …

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8th December 2016
Amberleigh House and the Becher Chase

Amberleigh House and the Becher Chase

The Becher Chase, a grade three National Hunt race run over 3 miles, 2 furlongs and 21 fences, is inextricably linked to the Grand National. Not only are the races run over the world famous Aintree hedges, but they often share victors, with winners going on to become legends. For example, Earth Summit, ridden by Carl Llewellyn, won the 1998 National before going on to…

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25th November 2016
Troytown

Troytown

Troytown Racing greats Arkle and Pretty Polly have races named after them in two countries but Troytown was commemorated in three. Troytown was bred and owned by Major Thomas Collins-Gerard of Gibbstown, (originally known as Gibbstown and Troytown). The son of Zria, himself a son of the great staying sire Cyllene, and Diane, a daughter of the top steeplechase sire, As…

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